Anthopoulos: Braves will return same coaching staff for 2020

Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington (37) talks with center fielder Ronald Acuna (13) after Acuna reached third base in the seventh inning Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, against the St. Louis Cardinals at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
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Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington (37) talks with center fielder Ronald Acuna (13) after Acuna reached third base in the seventh inning Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, against the St. Louis Cardinals at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

Credit: Jason Getz

Credit: Jason Getz

The Braves won’t make any changes to their coaching staff for 2020, general manager Alex Anthopoulos confirmed at this week’s GM Meetings.

Manager Brian Snitker, who finished third in manager-of-the-year voting, didn’t expect any changes to his staff. The Braves have been thrilled with how their coaches have meshed. Outside pitching coach Rick Kranitz, who was hired last offseason, the remainder of the staff has been present for the past two division-title seasons.

“They’re all coming back,” Anthopoulos said. “They’re all under contract. We’re excited to have them back.”

Third-base coach Ron Washington was a finalist for the Padres’ managerial job, but finished runner-up. He’ll remain with the Braves, where his coaching, infectious energy and relationships with players draw rave reviews throughout the organization.

Other than potentially Washington, because of the Padres’ interest, the Braves expected the remainder of their staff back. Anthopoulos simply confirmed that likelihood.

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